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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hour Glass (1971)

Director: Haile Gerima
Starring: Mel Rosier
My very first Haile Gerima film completely blew me away. Done in surrealistic fashion, the film is a brilliant look at the life of a black school student who plays basketball and soon becomes racially aware of his own life and his surroundings, and decides to return to his roots after realizing his full potential. The imagery was outstanding(and complex) as well as the breathtaking cinematography that makes great use of black and white and color schemes while also showing us what can be achieved visually with a single camera and a low budget. The film has no dialogue whatsoever and is still absorbing from beginning to end. This is one of the best short films ever made and it goes way beyond just being a reflection of its radical and revolutionary time period. Great music too.


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